Editor's note: Fairview Community Church's street corner sign prompted an email to Rev. Sarah Halverson from someone concerned about Wiccans in a Christian church. Halverson submitted this open letter in response.
Dear Concerned Christian Neighbor,
I want to genuinely thank you for your care and prayers for our church. I'm glad our sign caught your attention and made you stop and think.
I am not worried about your fears of me leading my church down the wrong path. We obviously have different beliefs about God.
That said, we believe that there is power in knowledge. We believe that our faith cannot be destroyed by learning about the faith of another. And ultimately, we believe that God and Jesus call us to be open, loving and tolerant (if not affirming!).
We also don't believe we'll go to hell because we have a Wiccan in our sanctuary and have a conversation about her faith.